Author: Jonathan Whiting

I help people build better web apps and make a difference in the world. I enjoy sharing what I am learning and find interesting. I live on the Left Coast of Canada with my wife. Follow me on Twitter.

There’s a reason rockets are stored in silos. Working on stuff in silos kill startups. I laugh at how we ran things when we first started our company. Fired up about every new idea we had we tried to do them all… independently. I was especially bad for this. Focusing on the next great idea,…

Read More Islands are the fastest way to kill your startup – how to align your team

Every day ordinary people live extraordinary true stories. A few weeks ago I met Amanda Lindhout. She’s a smart caring person working hard to raise the level of woman’s education in the failed state of Somalia. The story doesn’t start there. We’ve all heard of the pirates of Somalia, kidnapping ships off the nearby coast.…

Read More Comfortable lives do not lend themselves to extraordinary things

Almost everyone has it wrong about how to get market traction in a startup. It doesn’t matter if you are bootstrapping your company or have raised 35 million dollars. A lot of companies hire a sales team right away. They are looking to scale their business and jump on the sales wagon. WRONG. Don’t hire…

Read More How not to get market traction in your startup?

Have you ever experienced creative block? You need a good idea and you can’t seem to think of one? I used to run a small clothing company out of my house. I was doing everything from designing t-shirts to manning events and following up with sales. Then my creative juices stopped. I was having a…

Read More Innovation is a necessary ingredient for success

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Welcome to part 3 of the MAMP tutorial. In this post we will go over setting up phpMyAdmin on your Mac’s localhost. Part 2 walks you through¬†installing mysql on your localhost read. Part 1 shows you how to setup up Apache on your Mac.

Read More How to setup phpMyAdmin on a Mac with OSX 10.8 + (MAMP Part 3)

Without practical business experience, going to conferences and reading books on starting and running a tech business can give people the wrong impression. Starting a new venture appears to be really easy. Have an idea, go through a tough grind, come out the other end prosperous and successful. Best case scenario, you start a new…

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